Road to Rio


1h 40m 1947

Brief Synopsis

Another in the excellent Hope and Crosby 'Road To' series. Scat Sweeney, and Hot Lips Barton, two out of work musicians, stow away on board a Rio bound ship, after accidentally setting fire to the big top of a circus. They then get mixed up with a potential suicide Lucia, who first thanks them, then unexpectedly turns them over to the ship's captain. When they find out that she has been hypnotised, to go through a marriage of convenience, when the ship reaches Rio, the boys turn up at the ceremony, in order to stop the wedding, and to help catch the crooks.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 25, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Bing Crosby Enterprises, Inc.; Hope Enterprises, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Song-and-dance men Scat Sweeney and Hot Lips Barton flee a carnival in Louisiana with the owner's two hundred dollars after setting the carnival ablaze. They escape as stowaways on the Queen of Brazil , a ship bound for Rio de Janiero. Scat saves passenger Lucia Maria de Andrade from throwing herself overboard and falls in love with her. Maria's guardian, Catherine Vail, has been hypnotizing her in order to force her into marrying Catherine's brother, Sherman Mallory, who is after Lucia's considerable estate. Under Catherine's hypnosis, Lucia turns in Scat and Hot Lips to the captain, and they are jailed. She later wakes and arranges with the captain for Scat and Hot Lips to work for their passage as members of the ship's orchestra. Lucia intercepts a radiogram from Sherman to Catherine which states that Lucia must marry him immediately before Catherine's lawyer, Rodrigues, interferes. Lucia explains Catherine's motives to Scat, who, upon their arrival in Rio, smuggles Lucia off the boat in a bass fiddle case. On land, Scat sells the American act of Scat Sweeney and Ginger O'Roark (who is really Lucia) to hotel proprietor Cardoso. Hot Lips appears on trumpet, along with three Brazilian musicians, who pretend to be Americans. After Lucia refuses to marry Sherman, Catherine hypnotizes her and she exposes the Brazilian trio as imposters to Cardoso. Catherine offers Scat and Hot Lips ten thousand dollars to leave Brazil and hypnotizes them into accepting a duel. They awaken in time to avoid killing each other, and Scat finally realizes that Catherine has been hypnotizing Lucia. After Catherine, Sherman and Lucia have left for Catherine's wedding, Rodrigues tells Scat and Hot Lips that Lucia's estate papers are hidden in Catherine's safe. In order to stop the wedding, Scat and Hot Lips must present the papers to the prefeito , who will be performing the ceremony. They successfully steal the papers, but are caught by Tony and Harry, Catherine's henchmen, whom they hypnotize before escaping. Meanwhile, Rodrigues and comedian Jerry Colonna lead the cavalry in a race to the scene, but are too late. Scat and Hot Lips stop the wedding in time and expose Catherine and Sherman's scheme to the prefeito . Back in the United States, Scat visits Lucia and Hot Lips in a hotel suite in Niagara Falls, where Lucia tells Scat that she has loved Hot Lips all along. After he leaves, however, Scat looks through the keyhole and discovers that Hot Lips has hypnotized Lucia.

Cast

Bing Crosby

Scat Sweeney

Bob Hope

Hot Lips Barton

Dorothy Lamour

Lucia Maria de Andrade

Gale Sondergaard

Catherine Vail

Frank Faylen

Trigger

Joseph Vitale

Tony

George Meeker

Sherman Mallory

Frank Puglia

Rodrigues

Nestor Paiva

Cardoso

Robert Barrat

Johnson

Stanley Andrews

Capt. Harmon

Harry Woods

Ship's purser

The Wiere Brothers

Three musicians

The Andrews Sisters

Themselves

Jerry Colonna

Himself

The Stone-barton Puppeteers

Tor Johnson

Samson

Albert Ruiz

Specialty dancer

Laura Corbay

Specialty dancer

Rudolfo Silva

Specialty dancer

Jane Everett

Specialty dancer

Rudolph Andrian

Specialty dancer

Bonnie Vallarino

Specialty dancer

Donald Kerr

Steward

Jack Gargan

Steward

Stanley Blystone

Assistant purser

Pat Lane

Assistant purser

George Sorel

The prefeito

John "skins" Miller

Dancer

Frank Hagney

Roustabout

Duke York

Roustabout

Ralph Gomez

Roustabout

William Newell

Stampman

John Mallon

2d stampman/Maitre d'/Barker

Fred Zendar

Stevedore/Strong man

Alan Bridge

Ship's officer

Ralph Dunn

Foreman

Paul Newlan

1st butcher

George Lloyd

2d butcher

George Chandler

Valet

Gino Corrado

Barber

Norma Gentner

Passenger/Hula dancer

Arthur Q. Bryan

Mr. Stanton

Rolando Barrera

Bellhop

Lionel Dante

Bellhop

Stenio Ozorio

Waiter

Marquita Rivera

Entertainer

Jeanne Gail

Girl

Kay Young

Girl

Julian Rivero

Brazilian manservant

Patsy O'byrne

Charwoman

Lucille Barkley

Pretty girl

Renee Randall

Pretty girl

Robbie Franks

Flower girl

Don Avalier

Maitre d'

Rene Dussaq

Maitre d'

Kathyrine Valk

Spectator

Barbara Pratt

Airline hostess

Victor Romito

Brazilian pilot

Tad Van Brunt

Pilot

Raul Roulien

Cavalry officer

Tom Ladd

Photography double/Specialty dancer

Byron Poindexter

Photography double/Specialty dancer

Delmar Costello

Peasant

Arthur Vallee

Peasant

Dolores Castle

Aristocratic Brazilian

Joe Whitehead

Wedding guest

Pepito Perez

Dignified gentleman

Frank Ferguson

Cowhand

Charles Middleton

Farmer

Ray Teal

Buck

Brandon Hurst

Barker

Frederic Nay

Barker

Tom Dugan

Barker

Bert Hanlon

Barker

Llorna Jordan

Carnival girl

Charley Cooley

Babe London

Hal K. Dawson

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 25, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Bing Crosby Enterprises, Inc.; Hope Enterprises, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Award Nominations

Best Score

1947

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

According to New York Times, Paramount, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby each owned one third of this picture, having each put up a third of the $2,400,000 budget. According to Paramount News, noted Brazilian musician Louis Oliveira, the former leader and arranger for Carmen Miranda's band, worked as technical advisor on this film and taught Crosby the Portuguese language and song style. Robert Emmett Dolan was nominated for an Academy Award for Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) of this film. The song "You Don't Have to Know the Language" became a big hit for the Andrew Sisters. This was the fifth in the "Road to..." series starring Hope, Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. For more information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for Road to Singapore in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.3789.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video March 1988

Released in United States Winter December 25, 1947

Released in United States on Video March 1988

Released in United States Winter December 25, 1947